Create a floral apéro bar cart in 5 steps

From practical trolley to showstopper

The bar cart is hot, hot, hot and an essential element in your apéro. Obviously it's handy and practical to have all your drinks to hand, but we know how to transform a humble serving trolley into your number 1 home accessory. How? Like this:

Step 1 - The bar cart

Get hold of an attractive copper bar cart, a vintage specimen from your great-aunt or a sleek industrial trolley, because that’s where it all starts. Polish the glass, choose a good spot and on to step 2.

Step 2 - Vases with content

It’s time to get to work with flowers - naturally! During the afternoon make some small bouquets with autumnal stars like dahlias, Gloriosa and rosehips. Select a couple of eye-catching vases, mix old with new, colour with plain and glass with ceramic. A flower here, a vase there: really get stuck in.

Step 3 - Your finest glasses

Bring out your finest glass heirlooms and given them a polish. Champagne glasses, whiskey tumblers, engraved cocktail glasses: get them ready for the magnificent drinks that will be produced in the kitchen. And obviously you need to sample them before serving …

Step 4 - The green backdrop

Of course greenery deserves a place too. Place a collection of your finest botanical favourites on the bottom shelf of the bar cart. These might include the missionary plant and a modest fern. Plants in an attractive glass earn bonus points, as do beauties under a dome. You’re almost ready.

Step 4 - A interesting object

Maybe the conversation could do with a kickstart. Or perhaps your bar cart is lacking a bit of personality or je ne sais quoi. An art book, a display object or a personal photo makes your bar car entirely apéro-ready. Hey, there’s the doorbell!

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